Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

Stamen makes experimental prettymaps

Add another toy to Stamen’s bag of tricks. The recently launched prettymaps by Aaron Straup Cope uses shapefiles from Flickr, urban areas from Natural Earth, and road, highway, and path…

Animated map of earthquakes in Iceland

I’m late on this, but remember that volcano eruption in Iceland a few months back, and all the European airports had to shut down because of the giant ash cloud?…

You + Me = Awesome

I used this diagram to convince my wife to marry me (j/k). Buy the print by Nick Schmitz here. Have a good weekend! [via swissmiss] Update: Sheldon Comics has a…

Back-of-the-napkin personal financial advice

Carl Richards, a financial planner and a regular on The New York Times’ Bucks blog, uses graphs and diagrams to explain personal finance. And as you know, sketches are always…

Martin Wattenberg talks data and visualization

Martin Wattenberg, who with his associate Fernanda Viégas, was just snatched up by Google, talks data and visualization in a lecture at MIT. For the most part, he focuses on…

Weeplaces visualizes your FourSquare movements

I’m still not comfortable sharing my location with strangers, and my friends are all really low-tech, so FourSquare has never appealed to me. But if you are an avid FourSquare…

Designing an easier-to-read NYC subway map

There’s a lot of history behind the New York City subway map, but despite all the revisions, people (especially out-of-towners) still find it hard to navigate the underground. Designer Eddie…

Alex Rodriguez joins the 600 club

Alex Rodriguez became only the seventh player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs, at a younger age than any of the previous six by far. Amanda Cox and…

$8.7b Iraq development funds unaccounted for

A simple question from GOOD magazine: where did the money to rebuild Iraq go? In 2003, the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) was established for the benefit of the country’s…

Another view of Inception, with the kicks this time

Here’s another timeline of Inception from deviantArt user, dehas. This one has the kicks in it. Start on the bottom left, and follow the character lines counter-clockwise. Lines end as…

Back to the Future trilogy timelines

You know I can never resist a good Back to the Future reference. Also from graphic designer Sean Mort, the trilogy timelines are displayed in parallel. Important events from each…

Need a new logo? Use this flowchart to decide

This flowchart from Watermark Design helps you decide if you need a new logo. Oddly enough all paths lead to Watermark’s logo design services. That is unless you think designers…

Browse street-side with Microsoft Street Slide

When street view came out on all the the popular online map applications, we thought it was awesome. We were able to see photos of the actual buildings and people…

Inception dream levels explained in flowchart

You knew this was coming. I’d call spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen Inception yet, but honestly, this flowchart from graphic designer Sean Mort will just confuse you anyways.…

What online marketers know about you

Andrew Garcia Philips and Sarah Slobin (plus five data gatherers) of The Wall Street Journal report on the prevalence of trackers and cookies on the fifty most popular U.S. websites:…

Exploring the Reach of Firefox

Once every blue moon I like to freelance as a short break from school work, and a few months back I got an email from Mozilla that basically said, “Hey…

Inside the Glenn Beck/Goldline scheme

Jess Bachman and Barry Ritholtz take a look at the Glenn Beck/Goldline scheme in standard flowchart fashion. In a nutshell: Goldline sponsors the Glenn Beck radio show; Glenn Beck supports…

Redesign of the Federal IT Dashboard

About a year after the launch of the Federal IT Dashboard, business intelligence consultancy Juice Analytics focuses on five areas — message, flow, charts, context, and design fundamentals — where…

A graphical look at Burning Man

This graphic on Burning Man is totally lost on me, but maybe you guys will appreciate it more. I first heard about the event on Malcom in Middle several years…

How to win Rock-paper-scissors every time

I admit it. When I first heard there are actual tournaments for Rock-paper-scissors, sanctioned by the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, I laughed. I mean seriously, $50k to the winner…

Two-minute journey through the history of cinema

35mm, a short film by Sarah Biermann, Torsten Strer, Felix Meyer, and Pascal Monaco, strips 35 movies to their simplest form and cleverly strings them together in a set of…

Ugly chart used to confuse readers

Charles Blow on this unnecessarily complex chart used to show the network of Obamacare: Maybe it’s the former graphics/art director in me, but I get really offended when people use…

Brief history of data visualization

Shawn Allen of Stamen Design provides a brief history of data visualization, starting with William Playfair’s charts in the late 1700s and William Smith’s map sketch of Britain, up to…

Afghanistan war logs revealed and mapped

This past Sunday, well-known whistle-blower site Wikileaks released over 91,000 secret US military reports, covering the war in Afghanistan. Each report contains the time, geographic location, and details of an…

Where all the BP oil could end up

Now that the oil flow has finally stopped, for now, the attention has shifted to the effects all that oil will have on wildlife and the ecosystem. Chris Wilson for…

Military budget contextualized with CGI tanks

It’s no secret. The US military gets a lot of funding for manpower, weapons, equipment, security, so and so forth. Do you know how much money they’ll have received come…

Sorting algorithms visualized

This will be lost on many of you, but to the programmers this will make perfect sense. Basically, when programming, there are a lot of times when you have a…

Exploration of our aging world

From Ben Fry’s newly established Fathom Information Design, is a visualization for GE on our aging world: According to the United Nations, the elderly population of the world is growing…

Field guide to typographic moustaches

Sure, why not, let’s make it a hairy Friday. From Tor Weeks: a series of moustaches styled by their typographic counterpart, aka typestaches. The big and bold typefaces like Federal…

History of The Beatles as told by their hair

The Beatles were famously known for their mop-top haircuts in the early 1960s, but their styles evolved over time. DeviantArt user mozzarellapoppy has a look at the hair, moustache, and…